Foreign News: The Grand llyushin

In the beginning, the sleek, up-to-date four-engined turboprop llyushin 18 was the pride of Russia's propagandists. But last August, Russian authorities were forced to announce the crash of an IL-18 flying from Cairo to Moscow because several Afro-Asian notables happened to be among the 27 killed (TIME, Sept. 5). After the crash the IL-18 was briefly grounded. The trouble seemed to be with the engine mountings (as with its U.S. counterpart, the Lockheed Electra) and with the engines. But IL-18s kept landing at African airfields as Russia's contribution to the U.N. Congo airlift. Inference was that whatever ailed the plane...

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